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Spring 2015

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Wally Tyner amid solar panels on the roof of Purdue's Knoy Hall
Business Advantage
Tax deductions make solar energy more economical for businesses owners than homeowners.

meth lab
Rural Areas Affected
A Purdue Extension publication gives community leaders insight into the methamphetamine problem in Indiana. The state leads the nation in meth lab raids.

Haley Oliver and Jess Buening examine a meat slicer.
Sanitation Standards
Research shows that standard cleaning procedures in retail delis may not eradicate Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, a dangerous food-borne pathogen.

A one-year-old hellbender in his tank.
Saving a Species
Purdue is partnering with three Indiana zoos in a conservation program to hatch and raise juvenile hellbender salamanders and then return them to their southern Indiana habitat.

Torbert Rocheford holds ears in his stand of orange corn at Purdue's Agronomy Center for Research and Education.
The Power of Orange
Vitamin A deficiency is a major health concern in the developing world. Agronomists use natural selection and breeding methods to develop orange corn high in vitamin A carotenoids.

Emily Erickson plays her violin outdoors.
From Goats to Cambridge
Emily Erickson became interested in mammary biology research when raising dairy goats on her family’s farm. She’s one of 14 students in the U.S. awarded the prestigious Churchill Scholarship.

Melinda Crow works with Kevin Gibson, her plant sciences professor and mentor in the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership.
Home Away from Home
American Indian and indigenous students pursuing graduate degrees in STEM fields find mentors and a support network through a scholarship program.

tractor cab display monitor
Big Data
Agriculture becomes more high-tech every year, and researchers are zeroing in on how the gazillion bits of digital information can help farmers become more efficient and productive.

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red barn and farm landscape illustration  
Code Red for Farm Families

Resource helps farm families and business owners find important information in the event of an emergency.

a student researcher in the lab  
Seeking Student Researchers

Pre-college students and undergraduates can explore plant sciences at Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute.

Researcher Xiaoqi Liu  
Drug Combo a Promising Treatment

Researchers have discovered a drug combo that can potentially prolong lives of those with advanced prostate cancer.

a crop field  
USDA Grant to Help New Farmers

A Purdue Agriculture team will lead effort aimed at supporting new farmers and ranchers.

Entomologist Grzegorz Buczkowski holds a beaker of dry hydrogel crystals  
Taking the Bait

Water-storing crystals deliver pesticide bait to invasive Argentine ants, quickly decimating a colony.

a student researcher in the lab  
Ag Placement Trends Up

Ninety-six percent of May 2014 College of Agriculture graduates report finding jobs or continuing their education.

line graph pointing up  
Protecting Soybeans from Disease

Researchers studying soybean sudden death syndrome help farmers better protect their crop from recurring disease.

A Record Year for Popcorn

Indiana farmers last year planted more acres in popcorn than ever before and produced a record crop.

a smelt measured against a ruler  
Smelt Population Declining

Reasons for the dwindling smelt population in Great Lakes more complicated than previously believed.

students in Vincennes and Purdue outfits  
Ag Transfer Program Expanded

The College of Agriculture and the Vincennes University sign transfer agreement to expand cooperative agricultural education program.

Midwest Vegetable Trial Report cover  
Vegetable Trials Yield Data

The Midwest Vegetable Trial Report for 2014 contains data on performance of vegetable varieties and production practices.

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Dean Jay Akridge  
A Message from Dean Akridge

The Culture of Agriculture

Rachel Vanausdall greets a wolf at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, Indiana.  
Profile: Howling with Wolves

Rachel Vanausdall ran through wolf facts and information on her way to Howl Night at Wolf Park in Battle Ground. Under the direction of Vanausdall and other staff members, Wolf Park visitors learned about wolves and howled at the moon with them.